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Can you elevate an injury too much?

April 19th, 2021
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It is possible that you can elevate an injury too much. For instance, you can physically raise the injured body part too high. You can also elevate your injury for too much time every day. Physical therapists can help you determine the appropriate elevation height, and they can help you learn how long to elevate your injury as well. Even better, a physical therapist can offer effective treatment options that go beyond elevation

Why should you avoid elevating an injury too much?

Elevation is a technique that’s commonly used to treat many musculoskeletal injuries, and there are good reasons for this. For one thing, elevating an injured body part helps blood and fluid flow away from the injured area. This is helpful because it can help reduce swelling. In turn, reducing your swelling can also decrease the inflammation and pain of your injury. 

However, elevating the injured area too high or for too long can have several consequences. Raising your injury too high can decrease blood flow too much. Elevating an injury for too long can also do this, and both of these issues can slow down your body’s natural healing process. 

What can you do to make sure you’re not elevating your injury too much?

There are several steps you can take to ensure you aren’t elevating your injury too much. A few of these steps include: 

  1. Learning how high to elevate your injury — Physical therapists and other medical professionals can teach you how to correctly elevate your injury. For instance, they can show you the correct angles for elevating an injured leg. Elevating a leg correctly includes: 
  • Tilting your thigh at less than a 45-degree angle. 
  • Bending your knee to between 20 and 30 degrees. 
  • Tilting your calf between 15 and 20 degrees. 
  1. Asking how long you should elevate your leg — Your physical therapist or doctor may ask you to elevate your leg every day. They should also tell you how long to elevate your leg for, but you should ask if they don’t. In most cases, you should elevate your injury between two and three hours total per day

Your physical therapist may recommend breaking up your elevation time into chunks. They may also caution you to stop elevating your injury if you feel numbness or tingling in the injured area. 

Find treatment for your musculoskeletal injury at Rehab Access

Keen to make sure your injury has the most effective treatment possible? Our team at Rehab Access Physical Therapy offers top-notch treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal injuries. Our free screenings can determine the type and severity of your injury. In addition, our physical therapists are adept at creating therapy plans that are unique to each patient’s needs. 

Contact our team today for more information about how we can help treat your injury or to schedule your initial appointment.